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October 27, 2009

Drupal for Governmental Websites

The tech world is buzzing around the news that WhiteHouse.gov is now running on Drupal, an open-source, free and totally accessible to the public Content Management System.

The hype is even higher because of the remarkably excellent reviews about Drupal coming from the White House administration. Macon Phillips, White House new media director told The Associated Press: "This (Drupal) is state-of-the-art technology and the government is a participant in it. We now have a technology platform to get more and more voices on the site."

In addition, Dries Buytaert, Drupal's founder, points out few crucial elements about WhiteHouse.gov, Drupal and open-source technology in general:
"Drupal is a perfect match for an open and transparent government. Drupal is a great fit to reduce cost and to act quickly. Drupal's flexibility and modularity enables organizations to build sites quickly at lower cost than most other systems. Governments realize that Open Source does not pose additional risks compared to proprietary software they are not being locked into a particular technology... they can benefit from the innovation that is the result of thousands of developers collaborating on Drupal.

Drupal can help governments provide greater transparency, higher velocity, and more flexibility." source However, there were concerns raised about the security level of the open-source technology. When it comes to security issues in Drupal, it is important to know that Drupal is made collaboratively by thousands exceptional developers that put all their best knowledge and skills into making Drupal the best CMS in the world. "Security is fundamentally built into the development process because the community is made up of people from all across the world, and they look at the source code from the very start of the process until it's deployed and after," said Terri Molini of Open Source for America. source

Take a look at our Ultimate Drupal Showcase to see the multitude of governmental websites already running on Drupal from countries such as USA, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, etc. Here are just some quick examples of governmental websites:

White House

French Government

Dutch State Service for Cultural Heritage

Belgium

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